I know just a little about the I Ching, but
rather than direct you to a page in production, I thought why not explore the I Ching on this page as I go along. Of course, the first thing I did was Google “I Ching Carl Jung” since I had seen the above quote in my favorite C. G. Jung book, Man and His Symbols.
My search took me directly to Jung’s Foreword to Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching, which Jung said was the first accessible translation written for the West. It is I think a good place to start.
My next search took me to a free I Ching reading online. Of course, considering I am in a rather dire situation right now (April 2013)--I had lost my job in January and eviction proceedings are underway--and in need of guidance, I cast my question. The answer about hit me over the head, telling me of hardship, telling me to go southwest, which happens to be something I have been seriously struggling with for the last few weeks. But I thought the Universe was leading me in a different direction. Now I am sick to my stomach. Maybe it is what I should have been planning all along. OH, CRAP! Following is the question I cast and the answer.
(Saturday, April 13, 2013)
QUESTION: What does the Universe have in store for me in the near future?
ORACLE (excerpt): “Limping. Fruitful in the southwest, Not fruitful in the northeast. Fruitful to see great people. Constancy, good fortune.”
When life has become an uphill struggle, it’s wise to fall back to the southwest. The ‘southwest’ represents a realm of friendly allies and sun-warmed fields; the ‘northeast’ is dark and mountainous, the way of calling and adventure.
So this is a time to take a step back from the struggle and connect with people more than with ideals. (Even if the responsibility is yours alone, the work need not be.) Really facing a problem means being prepared to tackle it in a different way, not just trudging doggedly onwards until the path peters out beneath your feet.
Seeing great people helps you to keep traveling toward your long-term vision despite the obstacles and course corrections. You may literally find a ‘great person’ with the experience and wisdom to reorient you; you may be guided by an inner vision of human potential.
Yu the Great, the hero who conquered the floods, toiled for years to build dykes and dredge rivers, and was left with a limp. But he succeeded in the end because of what he did differently: enlisting the help of people and spirits, and honouring the flow of the water.
INTERPRETATION: Oh, my! I have been struggling with this question, whether I should reach out to my relatives in the Southwest. But I have thought that if I did, it might indicate to God that that I had lost faith. It is amazing how specific this answer is. I think I better get packing and reach out to some great people! (Hindsight: OMG. I had no idea what was up.)